Amish Children - Early Motor Skill Development
From an early age, Amish children help their parents do their daily work and along with doing useful work, they master their motor skills and acquire the sense of danger that enables them to be independent in their living environment.
It is natural for older peers and siblings to take care of the safety of younger children. Under reasonable supervision of older siblings and peers the Amish children, from an early age, learn not to be hurt and learn vocabulary and social skills.
1. Amish children do not play on bouncy castles and other inflatable devices. They do not master their ability to walk or run on a treadmill or stationary bike.
2. Amish children master their motor skills by playing outdoor games that involve siblings and peers.
According to inconclusive reports, no Amish child is affected with autism. There are reports about incidences of autism among Amish children that are also inconclusive. However, even by taking those inconclusive reports seriously, compared to the general population, the incidence and prevalence of autism among Amish children are far below the national average.
It is very likely that the nonexistence or lower prevalence of autism among Amish children is because of the absence of stationary bikes, treadmills, trampolines and inflatable bouncy castles and from an early age till adulthood, they have the opportunity to develop motor and social skills necessary for everyday life in their surrounding environment.